Letter to the Editor: Contradictions abound
BY Phyllis Lyons, Tulsa
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 8:55 AM
A Feb. 16 front-page headline read: "AEP-PSO bills to go up in March." The article states that increased fuel costs and the expiration of a refund are behind rising charges of at least 15 percent. AEP also reveals that natural gas prices hit 10-year lows last year.
The op-ed piece in the Sunday World by Karen Harbert, CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, testifies that "we have enough natural gas to power America for 120 years." Even though AEP is electric, it runs many of its facilities on natural gas.
Many experts, including Boone Pickens, agree that natural gas is the cheapest, most abundant resource - so much so that many producers want to export it to make money. That's good, old-fashioned American value taken to the extreme by AEP.
Natural gas is at a record low. And since we have a glut, prices will continue to be low.
Our neighborhood voted to have our electric lines buried. AEP stopped suddenly, having buried lines on a north-south street a few steps away. I called, was told the line-burying had stopped and wouldn't be done again. Bobby Mouser, director of customer service for AEP, states "rates have not kept up with the actual cost of the gas purchased."
Gosh, where is AEP purchasing gas? Russia?
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